Jazz started swinging in 1932 when Duke Ellington recorded his composition "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing". The Swing Era, heyday of the big bands, stayed on the scene for nearly thirty years - until it was driven backstage by rock 'n' roll.
Now, Swing is making a huge comeback, and the top instrumentalists of Swing music find audiences returning to a music that went on a long vacation, but which never stopped swinging.
The legendary vibes player, Terry Gibbs, conceived the idea of the "Hollywood Swing" recordings, penned the tunes, and leads the Hollywood Swing All-Stars.
A veteran of the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, who is also the leader of his own enormously popular "Dream Band", is a musical giant who always plays with tremendous vitality and a natural beat. This bundle of energy appears to be in perpetual motion as he travels the globe, playing jazz festivals, jazz cruises, concerts, and nightclubs. His varied career has also included lengthy stints in film and television studios. Terry was the music director for Steve Allen's popular television series and he enjoys an association with Steve that goes back over forty years. Terry was also the music director for "The Regis Philbin Show" as well as other television variety series.
This recording shows Terry Gibbs at his musical best, in swinging surroundings, assisted by other star instrumentalists.
Saxophonist Bob Cooper was a veteran of the Stan Kenton and Pete Rugolo Orchestras and Shorty Rogers Lighthouse all-stars. Bob's tenor sax was featured on hundreds of studio sessions with everyone from Kenton to Buddy Rich.
Trumpeter Conte Candoli is also a graduate of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Conte, an aggressive modern soloist, also starred in the bands of Woody Herman and Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" Orchestra.
Pianist Lou Levy came out of the big band scene with Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey. Lou's brilliant style was featured with Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, and others.
Drummer Jimmie Smith provides the big beat that keeps Terry Gibbs Hollywood Swing All-Stars swinging. A top pro, Jimmie has hundreds of recordings to his credit with everyone in jazz who is anyone.
Bassist Bob Magnnsson is the Hollywood Swing All-Stars master time keeper. Bob's solid support motivates his fellow players to swing.
"Hollywood Swing" is a special collector's recording of tunes rocked in swing rhythm. Terry Gibbs and the All-Stars had a blast doing them. You'll have a blast listening. Keep on swinging.
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